Bandai Namco will begin a closed beta period next Friday for Rise of Incarnates, the two-on-two fighting game from the Tekken and Soul Calibur creators. Those in Europe and Australasia can get in the testing phase by signing up on the game's official website. The doors to the beta program open at 9:00 a.m. CET (8:00 a.m. UTC) on Friday, August 8. It will last ten full days, ending at the same time on Monday, August 18.

Announced in April alongside its initial alpha program, Rise of Incarnates is a free-to-play PC fighting game that features humans with god-like powers battling in mostly-destroyed, yet real-life locales. The beta will include New York City and Paris-based levels that allow players to use the environment to their competitive advantage. The program's limited character roster starts with four fighters: Mephistopheles, Lilith, Grim Reaper and Ares. The fifth playable character, Brynhildr, is expected to join the roster on August 13, along with the Paris level.

Rise of Incarnates' beta will also include the ability to purchase in-game items and goodies, such as character customization options. Players will be able to synthesize skill cubes to improve their fighters' performance use a new "Awakening" system. The game is slated to launch in late 2014 in North America.
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Do you think you've got what it takes to conquer Rise of Incarnates and become the most powerful fighter in its war torn world? You'll get the chance to find out in Europe and Australasia starting on August 8th at 9:00am CET through August 18th at 9:00am CET when BANDAI NAMCO Games hosts ten full days of Closed Beta play for Rise of Incarnates its Free-to-Play fighting game where players will enjoy acrobatic aerial and visceral ground based combat, brutal super-moves and power-ups, and strategic environmental manipulation.
Players participating in the Rise of Incarnates Closed Beta will be able to play as Mephistopheles, Lilith, Grim Reaper and Ares. Brynhildr will be added to the character roster as well on August 13th. Battles will take place in the New York City and Paris levels; both of which feature level designs that allow players to utilize the environment to their advantage. The Closed Beta will have a selection of in-game purchasable options available; this will allow players to try out a selection of in-game character customization options.
The full list of features in the Alpha are a reflection of how much the development team has listened to its fans and the care with which they have improved the game:
New features
· Skill cubes can be synthesized to improve your character's performance

· Tag a friend to battle with over multiple matches

· Addition of Awakening system

· Introduction of new character, Brynhildr (8/13)

· Introduction of new stage, Paris (8/13)

· Additional releases of customization items (throughout the Beta)

Improvements from Alpha
· Input improvements that increase control responsiveness

· Improved UI

· New, re-flowed tutorials

· More screen resolution options

· Vast array of customization items for characters

This article was originally published on Joystiq.